Alan Hutton suggests that Rangers winger Ryan Kent is set to make an immediate return to the starting XI at Ibrox as he closes in on a full recovery from his injury layoff.
The former Gers full-back and lifelong fan of the Bears, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that while the likes of Greg Stewart have performed admirably in the 22-year-old’s absence he expects someone to be axed to make space for the summer arrival.
Steven Gerrard confirmed in his press conference on Friday that Kent and fellow absentee Jon Flanagan were available for selection ahead of Sunday’s clash versus Hearts, admitting he’d make a decision on the pair “closer towards the game.”
Hutton admits he cannot see Gerrard keeping the marquee signing on the bench if he is fully fit and says that he expects the manager to throw the winger back in at the expense of one of his teammates.
Hutton told Football Insider: “When Kent limped off I thought it could be a big problem for Rangers.
“You’ve got people like Stewart that have stepped up and played really well. I would say it would be difficult for him (Kent) to get in but I don’t think it will be, I think he’s one of the main players and as soon as he’s fit he’ll come in.
“The boys that have stepped up and have stepped up really well, they should be proud of what they’ve done so far. Good strength in depth this year.”
Kent has only played once for Steven Gerrard since returning to Glasgow on a permanent deal from Liverpool, a hamstring injury forcing him off 41 minutes in the clash against Livingston back in September.
He has featured a total of 44 times for the Light Blues with six goals and nine assists under his belt at Ibrox.
In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton was left raving over a “brilliant” sight for the club on Tuesday evening.